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we’re speaking at KC AIGA Homegrown: Fashion event 02.01.2013

We wanted to let all of our Kansas City friends know that we’ll be speaking  as a part of the AIGA Homegrown series about the synergy between fashion and graphic design!! It’s just to get us all ready for Fashion Week, right? As you might have guessed by our blog, we feel that all areas of design strongly affect each other, and fashion and graphic design are no exception for us! We can’t wait to share a bit about how the fashion world influences what we do! Come see us!

Here’s a bit of info from AIGA describing the series and check out the other talented panelists that we have the honor to share the evening with!


Whether you are a recessionista or chic couturist, you’ll be design dapper with the upcoming Homegrown event including a fashionable panel of locals that design, brand, sell, photograph and create things we love to wear. Join us for this ferosh discussion and get some on-trend insights into KC fashion.

Our Fashion Panel
Moderated by Molly Bingaman of Ladybird Styling
Sara Cramer | Handmade by Sara Cramer
Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer | Ampersand Studio
David Lloyd
 | Method, Kansas City Haberdashery
Sarah S. Nelsen
| studio será será
Jenny Wheat | Wheat Photography

About the Homegrown Series
Homegrown: Fashion continues AIGA KC’s series celebrating Kansas City homegrown talent. Highlighting the creative synthesis between design and fashion. AIGA KC embraces this thriving creative community by inviting diverse “homegrown” talent to share their stories of success.

Thursday, February 7
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Early Bird Registration
Available through February 6
$10 Student Member
$15 Member
$20 Nonmember

Click here to register! We hope you can all make it!

And PS, we will be bringing along a few things from our etsy shop just in case you want to take home a little Ampersand token!

announcing ampersand design studio for la plates 01.09.2013

So, it’s really hard for us to keep our projects a secret until the day we announce them….and we have been bursting at the seams to share this fun little collaboration for lots of reasons! First of all, we are personally obsessed with modern, fun tabletop accessories, so the fact that we get to put some of our designs on melamine platters that can be monogrammed is just too exciting for us. Not to mention, we got to partner with another Kansas City company, whose owner has turned into a friend of ours! We instantly connected, which is no surprise as we have so much in common (eh hem: running our own creative companies out of our homes while raising kiddos at the same time)!

So, the big day is finally here….this is our official announcement of the super fun collaboration between Ampersand Design Studio and La Plates! La Plates is already well known for their high quality monogrammed products – full of great color and high design.We’ve been fans for a long time so we jumped at the opportunity to partner together. So, without further ado, check out our SIGNATURE COLLECTION online now!

We have 10″ round plates and 10″ x 14″ platters – perfect for every meal or entertaining possibility! There are four different patterns to choose from: Abstract Stripes, Color Block, Diamond Ikat, and ZigZag.

We’ve got some hot reds, pinks & oranges…cool blues & greens….and did some more sophisticated neutrals, too!

We’ve got three monogram styles to choose from, so we hope there is something for everyone!

We sure hope these plates and platters will be the perfect addition to your table for everything from having a party with the girls to your kid’s birthday party! We think these are PERFECT wedding shower gifts (everyone loves to see their new monogram) or for bridesmaid gifts! And we’re already picking a few for the next kiddo birthdays!

You can check out the entire Ampersand Design Studio for La Plates Signature Collection HERE!

comments 5

  1. Josephine Kimberling

    CONGRATULATIONS you two! These look AMAZING!!! Woo-hoo!!!! Gorgeous!

    January 9, 2013 3:36 pm
  2. Laura

    girls! congratulations!! these plates are so fun and colorful and perfect for my next party!

    January 9, 2013 7:05 pm
  3. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Oh so gorgeous! Congrats!! In love with the black/beige stripes LOVE!

    January 9, 2013 8:24 pm
  4. ampersand

    oh girls, thank you so much for writing!! it means the world when our friends like what we are doing!! thanks for making us smile today :)

    January 9, 2013 9:47 pm
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    February 27, 2013 6:01 am

introducing: the love series by ampersand design studio 12.07.2012

We have been dying to share this with you all and we’re SO thrilled that the day is finally here!! A few years ago, in 2010, we opened our etsy shop doors and launched our first collection of art prints and melamine platters Since then, each November, we have planned on launching a new series. This year is no exception. We’ve been hand-lettering with paint and ink, paper-cutting and assembling our most favorite combinations of the two! And what better way to talk about love, than the “language of love”?

So, we are just a few days past November, but it’s HERE: The Love Series!!!  It’s a limited-edition series of screen prints all about love! Each print has our logo subtly letterpressed at the bottom center and will come numbered in pencil in the corner.

If you’re not fluent in French, you might be wondering exactly what these say, no?

Le Coeur a Ses Raisons” means “The Heart has it’s Reasons”. How true is this? When it comes to matters of the heart, logic just doesn’t always have a place.

C’est Tout” means “It’s Everything”. What else can be said about love, right? We really believe it’s all you need. It’s the inner-hippie in us.

C’est Nous” means “It’s Us”. Love, It’s Us. What better thing to have hanging in your bedroom, or your family room, or the kitchen where everyone always gathers!

We have an all black & gold collection and then, you know we couldn’t stop there, right? We had to do a few color options, too!! The color options come in a crisp navy, pale minty blue and metallic gold! Check out the whole LOVE SERIES in our shop!!! We really hope you love our latest creation!

comments 2

  1. Meg Biram

    Just bought 2 :) xoxo

    December 7, 2012 5:13 pm
  2. Erika // Radiant Republic

    Sweet lord… these are gorgeous!

    December 14, 2012 4:31 am

Free Holiday Desktop Wallpaper 12.04.2012

We’re in the holiday spirit (even though the temperatures here in Kansas City are on the summery side) and we wanted to spread the cheer with all of you! We had so much fun designing gift tags for you all to download, that we figured we’d keep the gifts coming your way. As a holiday thank you for reading our blog, checking out our twitter feed  and facebook page and instagramming with us, we’ve created another desktop wallpaper for you, this time with a holiday theme! We hope it makes your December days a little more festive! Happy holidays! xoxo

To download: click the link below (it will open in a new window). Right-click and save or drag the image to your desktop and install it as your desktop wallpaper.

Download: Merry & Bright Wallpaper

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think would enjoy it! And of course, we’d be flattered if you’d like to share the link on your own blog, pinterest, tumblr, etc, but please don’t take the actual file and host it on your site. Thanks guys!

©Ampersand Design Studio | For non-commercial use. Alteration of the files does not void the copyright.

comments 5

  1. Olivia

    Thanks! :)

    December 5, 2012 2:53 pm
  2. Tracy Scherrer

    I love it! Thanks so much!

    December 5, 2012 7:34 pm
  3. Liz

    Love it! I have been wanting to update my laptop with a holiday wallpaper. This is perfect! Thank you!

    December 6, 2012 6:52 pm
  4. this is lemonade

    Thank you! Truly merry and bright colours, much needed in a not so summery London – happy Christmas! :)

    December 18, 2012 2:01 pm
    • ampersand

      You are so welcome, this is lemonade! Thanks for the message!

      January 2, 2013 3:39 am